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TESOL Programs

TESOL Self-Study Courses

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TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner

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TESOL Certificate: Developing An Online Teaching Program

4 January – 27 June 2021

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TESOL Core Certificate Program

January 2021 Cohort
Applications Due: 11 December 2020

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TESOL Resources to Celebrate Adult Education & Family Literacy Week 

Throughout the week, we’ll be celebrating our adult English language educators and the amazing work they do. Whether teaching online or in-person, we have curated adult education and family literacy resources to support you as you navigate this new educational landscape. Scroll down for a discount on TESOL press adult education books and FREE resources and toolkits!

Access resources to use during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week from the National Coalition for Literacy and its members and associates.


Advocacy Resources

TESOL International Association aims to deepen respect for the TESOL profession, its practitioners, and the profession's student constituency. TESOL's advocacy program addresses issues that affect the profession worldwide and offers English language educators the opportunity to get involved.

Free Resources

Community and Family Resources for English Language Professionals

Working with the families of English learners and building strong communities is one of the biggest challenges that many English language professionals face. Recognizing this, TESOL International Association developed the Community and Family Tool Kit, a FREE resource for English language professionals to use at all levels to connect with families and build strong communities. 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

As the largest piece of federal legislation to address adult education and workforce training, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides a significant amount of funding to adult English language learner programs across the country. TESOL Press has released a free resource kit to help adult educators better understand the law and its impact on Adult English learners. The page has other resources as well.

TESOL Resource Center

The TESOL Resource Center contains lesson plans, teaching tips, activities, assessment tools, and much more! Can't find what you need? Be sure to check back: New resources are posted frequently.

Featured Resources




Read the latest blog posts from TESOL which discuss emerging issues in the field of English language teaching and provide teaching resources. Subscribe to stay in the know!

Featured Blog Posts



TESOL Connections

All members can subscribe to TESOL Connections (TC), a monthly online membership newsletter that features practical articles and useful resources for English language teachers as well as TESOL International Association news.

Featured Articles

Digital Tools for Online Assessment in ELT

by Rana Khan, Eun-Young Julia Kim, and Kelly McClendon

Three educators share the tools they've discovered for online assessment along with some engaging formative and summative assessment activities. Read More 


Teaching ESP When You Aren't a Specific Purposes Expert

by Clarissa (Reese) Moorhead

ESP is a new world for ESL teachers who suddenly have to address unfamiliar, daunting content. These five tips will help ESL teachers find their footing. Read More


Speaking and Listening Strategies for Job Interviews

by A. C. Kemp

Interviewing is hard. Learn some key linguistic strategies to help your English learners prepare for job interviews in English-speaking contexts. Read More

TESOL Journal & TESOL Quarterly

Adult Ed Week Books

Interest Section Webinars

Explore TESOL Interest Section webinars, which focus on current practice and research in specific areas of English language teaching and learning.

Upcoming Webinars

ALIS Webinar: Teacher Identity, Awareness, and Critical Autoethnography

25 September 2020, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

This presentation highlights empirical mixed methods studies that discuss critical/teacher language awareness via an identity lens. It also discusses the presenter’s practices using critical auto-ethnography as a language teacher-learning activity that provides teacher candidates with a discursive space to narrate and analyze their identities through experiences within political contexts. Learn more and sign up!

Past Webinars

Watch the recordings of these recent webinars!

TESOL Virtual Seminars

Past Virtual Seminars

TESOL members can access past virtual seminars for free in the TESOL Resource Center. Select virtual seminars are available to nonmembers for purchase in the TESOL Press Bookstore.


Supporting Adult English Learners With The 6 Principles®

By Andrea B. Hellman, Kathy Harris And Amea Wilbur | 12 Sep 2019

In this interactive webinar, the authors of The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: Adult Education and Workforce Development explore ways that the 6 principles can guide effective instruction when working with adult English learners. The authors describe practical strategies, including examples from classrooms. They also explore how to apply principles 1 and 2 to support special populations in different contexts as well as ways to collaborate with colleagues around the 6 principles. Learn More


Teaching Newcomer Students in the Time of COVID-19

By Katharine Davies Samway, Lucinda Pease-Alvarez, And Laura Alvarez, Ph.D. | 17 June 2020

Are you looking for guidance on how to best support your newcomer English learners, especially during the COVID-19 crisis with the need to teach remotely? Feeling overwhelmed? Based on research and decades of experience, the webinar presenters will provide you with instructional practices and activities that will help you develop newcomers as readers and writers of English and engage them in content learning across the curriculum. Equally important, they will share how you can advocate for these vulnerable students, many of whom have experienced multiple challenges in their home countries or in the United States, including poverty, violence, and political persecution. Learn More


Synchronous Interactivity in Online Language Learning

By Dawn Bikowski and Sandy Wagner | 08 May 2020

Face-to-face communications in the wake of our current pandemic have necessitated the need for teacher to student interactions via synchronous chat. With this migration to a completely online learning environment, blending face-to-face components with asynchronous learning activities, time with the instructor can capitalize on the interactive nature online offers and provide students with ways to better engage with content and other students. Learn More

Online Courses

Take part in one of TESOL's upcoming online courses and workshops to help busy TESOL professionals develop leadership skills, improve core competencies, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the dynamic field of English language teaching and learning.

Upcoming Instructor-Led Courses

TESOL: Training for Trainers

30 September - 10 November 2020

Assess the needs of your current continuing professional development program and explore ways to boost or transform your program’s profile by using the latest techniques and technologies. Learn more and register!

Separating Difference From Disability With ELLs

12 October - 8 November 2020

Can you distinguish between a language difference and a learning disability? In our online course, Separating Difference from Disability, gain an understanding of the specific issues in assessment and intervention and learn identification strategies that are most effective in separating difference from disability among students from diverse racial, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. Learn more and register!

Certificate Programs

Invest in yourself with TESOL's certificate programs and sharpen your teaching and leadership skills while advancing your career.

TESOL Core Certificate Program

Application Deadline: 11 Dec 2020

Set yourself apart and teach almost anywhere in the world with a certificate from TESOL International Association, the globally-recognized trusted provider of ELT professional learning. Learn more and apply!

TESOL Certificate: Developing An Online Teaching Program

4 January- 27 June 2021

The world is changing. Don't get left behind. Develop the skills you need to become a successful online and mobile course designer, developer, and facilitator. Learn more and register!

TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner

Rolling Enrollment – Application Required

Build on your knowledge base by exploring an area of expertise in depth and then contribute to the field by presenting or publishing your findings. Learn more and register!